Originally released in 2014, the indie adventure game Never Alone: Kisima Ingitchuna earned acclaim for its integration of Alaskan Native culture and folklore to guide players through its emotional story, and now the team behind the title unveiled their next project set in the depths of the ocean, Beyond Blue.
Publisher E-Line Media has announced its next upcoming title called Beyond Blue, which is coming from the creators of the acclaimed Never Alone in collaboration with BBC Studios. No specific platforms have been detailed at this time for the game, but according to E-Line it will be coming “on PCs and consoles.”
The project itself, as shown in its debut trailer will be “set in the near future” and will put players into the role of Mirai, a researcher leading a team to explore the depths of the ocean “in a more meaningful way than has ever been attempted.”
The game itself will have players exploring the ocean and “challenging the player to make high-stakes decisions” involving Mirai’s expedition team and completing objectives to further study the depths of the ocean. In a statement from E-Line, the publisher explained that the game pairs “world-class game makers with some of the field’s leading ocean experts to craft an experience that reflects the awesome wonder and unbounded mystery that infuses our planet’s beating blue heart.”
In addition to its development coming from the makers of Never Alone, the game is also being produced in conjunction with BBC Studios, the production team behind the acclaimed nature-doc series Blue Planet II. As part of the partnership, Beyond Blue will be integrating unlockable “Ocean Insight” videos that “expand upon a moment of the game with stunning underwater footage” from Blue Planet II, including never-before-seen footage. The game will also feature real-world oceanographers and researchers to provide more insight on the sights seen within the game.
Beyond Blue will be releasing sometime in early 2019 for consoles and PC. For a closer look at the upcoming title, you can check out its debut trailer below, along with its first screenshots: